St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation was founded in 1993 through the efforts and partnership of dedicated nurses at the St. Luke’s Burn Center in Sioux City, Iowa and the Sioux City Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local #7. It was founded with the express purpose of reducing the number of injuries and deaths associated with burn trauma in Sioux City, Iowa and the surrounding communities.
The nurses and fire fighters also felt a need to start a local burn camp that children with burns from the Siouxland area could attend annually. St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation partnered with Camp Foster YMCA on East Lake Okoboji, as well as the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center, in 1995 and Miracle Burn Camp was born.
In 2007, efforts began to expand the service area of St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation. A strategic planning session was held in 2008 and the Board voted unanimously to expand the reach of St. Florian across the entire state, as well as into South Dakota and Nebraska.
The vision is to be the regional service organization entity for fire and burn prevention and survivor support for the three states. St. Florian’s mission is empowering the burn community to come together, to build strength and hope along the journey and to become a unified voice for support and prevention. St. Florian serves Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska.